The Servant of the Lord in Isaiah XL-LXVI; Reclaimed to Isaiah as the Author from Argument, Structure, and Date
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...furnishes the only adequate explanation of the remarkable change which took place in the minds and practice of the Jewish people. But how stands the question on the supposition of those who make the prophecy to be the production of a nameless author who lived and wrote in the age of Cyrus? They represent him as essaying to manufacture a prophecy (!) out of what formed the common talk of the day, and thus to have set himself deliberately to write himself down as either a fool, or a forger who hoped to pass off his lucubrations as ancient writings! Unless the prophecy had been long and familiarly known to all the Jewish exiles as the work of Isaiah, and its songs,1 sung to the accompaniment of their harps by Babel's streams, as they "sat down, and wept when they remembered Zion," had formed the solace of the little leisure allowed them, we have no satisfactory explanation of the most remarkable change of thought and practice that occurs in history. But, secondly, we have not to account alone for so remarkable a change on the part of Israel; we find a similar change of conviction and purpose on the part of Cyrus. We have, in Ezra i. 2, 3, the account of a very extraordinary proclamation to be made by a heathen monarch. "Thus saith Cyrus, king of Persia, all the kingdoms of the earth hath Jehovah, the God of heaven, given me, and He hath charged me to build Him an house in Jerusalem which is in Judah." The wording of the proclamation is manifestly taken from Isaiah xlv. 1 to 5 and xliv. 28. No one can believe that unless the Jews were able to give to Cyrus the most incontestable proofs of the antiquity and genuineness of Isaiah's prophecy, he would have made such a public acknowledgment of the supremacy of Jehovah, and the...
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